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No Patents on Beer! 17 November 2016, 18:22 CET
In 2016, the European Patent Office (EPO) granted three patents to the Danish brewery, Carlsberg. The patents cover barley plants derived from conventional breeding, their usage in brewing as well as the beer brewed thereof. In a joint letter, several civil society organisations are now calling on Carlsberg to drop these patents. They consider the patents to be an abuse of patent law and in conflict with the interests of consumers.

Why the EU Is Worried about Future Trade Relations with the U.S. 16 November 2016, 17:51 CET
Coming on the heels of Brexit, the upset in the presidential election in the United States has many in the EU concerned about future trade relations. Many have voiced concerns over doing business with U.S. concerns in the UK, but now that Donald Trump won the national election and is set to take office in January of 2017, those concerns are magnified many times over. Here is why.

EU to take bigger role in global effort to save oceans 10 November 2016, 23:16 CET
Today the European Commission announced its renewed commitment to strengthen international ocean governance and to set out a joint agenda of 50 actions to secure the effective conservation and sustainable use of the global seas and oceans.

New Commission Anti-Dumping proposal undermines legal certainty in EU trade defence policy 10 November 2016, 13:31 CET
Following publication of the European Commission's changes to the EU anti-dumping legislation - designed to render China’s demand for Market Economy Status "irrelevant" - Europe's manufacturing industries have reacted with a firm warning that the proposal is neither robust nor future-proof.

EuroCommerce and UNI Europa address physical and psychological risks at work 10 November 2016, 13:27 CET
EuroCommerce and UNI Europa, the recognised social partners for the retail and wholesale sector at EU level, agreed the findings of a comprehensive project at a high-level event in Brussels today. The project included research on improved employee health and safety in the retail and wholesale sector.

EU Commission says plants and animals derived from conventional breeding should be regarded as non-patentable 03 November 2016, 23:36 CET
In a long awaited explanatory statement, the EU Commission takes the view that plants and animals that are obtained by means of “essentially biological” breeding are non-patentable. This statement is in strong contradiction to the current practice of the European Patent Office (EPO), which has already granted more than 100 patents on conventional breeding, e.g. on tomatoes and broccoli.

Common Misconceptions About Entering Canada With a DUI Felony 03 November 2016, 12:39 CET
As the holiday season rapidly approaches, more and more people will be going to parties. Drinking and driving is one of the most common problems during this time of year. Getting caught drinking and driving will result in you getting a felony conviction.

5 Ways to Raise Money to Keep Your Business Alive Without Stepping Into a Bank 31 October 2016, 22:28 CET
When it comes to raising money for running a business, most of the attention has been on ways to raise money to start business. That's understandable considering that we're in a startup boom. However, some businesses are already running and are cash strapped. Sometimes, some customers don't pay their invoices. At times, seasonal business slump bring about slow business – and hence slow turnover rate.

What European Workers Can Expect in Post Brexit Britain 28 October 2016, 15:23 CET

Is Your Company Ready for Video Conferencing Software? 26 October 2016, 18:05 CET
It's hard to overstate the importance of choosing the right video communication solution. Think you're ready for whatever video calls and conferencing brings to the table and your company? Here's a bevy of perks you can happily take advantage of:

New study shows intellectual property is good for the European economy 25 October 2016, 22:20 CET
The European Patent Office (EPO) and the EU Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) today published their second EU-wide study of the impact of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) on the European economy in terms of GDP, employment, wages and trade.

How Will Exiting the European Single Market Really Effect Us? 24 October 2016, 15:07 CET
While the UK's 'Brexit' vote may have served as the perfect embodiment of direct democracy at is finest, it has polarised the nation and raised serious concerns about the validity of the debate that took place in the build-up to the referendum.

Robust EU trade defence system is fundamental to the future of industrial manufacturing in Europe 20 October 2016, 13:18 CET
AEGIS Europe response to the Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the European Council and the Council: ‘Towards a robust trade policy for the EU in the interest of jobs and growth’

What Can Be Done to Avoid Widespread Panic in the Event of a Hard Brexit? 18 October 2016, 17:33 CET
Without going into all the details surrounding the UKs recent referendum to leave the EU, now that it is a done deal, so to speak, there is still a great deal of concern within the UK and even within the other member states of the European Union as to just how Brexit will be enacted. Will it be a slow and rather painless process or will it be an abrupt departure within the time constraints they have to work with?

UK at risk of Brexit brain drain, warns ACCA 18 October 2016, 12:57 CET
With the UK government seemingly committed to sacrificing freedom of movement in pursuit of a 'hard' Brexit, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) has warned that the country could face a 'brain drain' of top professionals.

EP Industry Committee's ETS vote to benefit Europe's biggest polluters 13 October 2016, 12:33 CET
With their vote today on the reform of the EU ETS for the period 2021-2030, the members of the the European Parliament's Industry, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee voted for measures that will benefit Europe's biggest polluters, thereby failing to support Europe's innovative clean tech sector.

Finance ministers continue to be a weak link in tackling climate change 11 October 2016, 22:44 CET
Finance ministers met today in Luxembourg to discuss climate finance, just one month ahead of the next international climate summit COP22 in Marrakech. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcomes the re-iteration by finance ministers to continue to provide public finance to tackle both the causes and impacts of climate change. But despite the rehashed pledge, EU Member States must provide much more clarity on how support for international climate action will be scaled up.

Mobile is the main growth engine for real money game 10 October 2016, 14:47 CET
Mobile is the main growth engine for real money game companies today. To a large extent, this is a reflection of culture. Some people might marvel at the fact that it is possible to convert casino games into formats that will work with mobile devices so well, since this is a very difficult task at the best of times. However, mobile is the main growth engine for real money game companies because people primarily play games on mobile devices today.

If the UK Leaves the Single Market, How Will It Impact SMEs? 07 October 2016, 11:05 CET
After the UK voted to leave the EU in its historic referendum at the end of June, it threw up a number of important issues which would need to be worked out before Brexit actually takes place. One of the main aspects set to be negotiated in the coming months is the UK's membership of the single market.

Facebook is the privacy villain of the year 06 October 2016, 22:09 CET
On 6 October, the Belgian Big Brother Awards took place in Brussels. The negative prize for the worst privacy abuser was unanimously granted to Facebook by the professional jury. The public confirmed Facebook's title as the ultimate privacy villain of the year - a big majority of the votes went to the social network that is successfully harvesting and generating personal data from people all around the world.

Weak global agreement on aviation and climate change means the EU must strengthen its aviation carbon market 06 October 2016, 17:52 CET
Today, the first ever global agreement on aviation and climate change was decided upon in Montreal. The impressive achievement in forging an agreement between 191 nations should not overshadow the fact that aviation emissions remain effectively uncapped.

Paris Agreement threshold for entering into force reached 05 October 2016, 21:40 CET
The EU's decision to fast-track the ratification of the Paris Agreement without all Members States having formally joined has helped ensure its early entry into force. Climate Action Network (CAN) Europe welcome this historic achievement by the global community, and urges EU leaders to immediately turn their attention to the necessary steps that now need to be taken to live up to the objectives of the agreement.

Paris Agreement: After taking ratification hurdle, EU will face enforcement test 04 October 2016, 19:44 CET
The EU is on the finishing line to ratify the Paris Climate Agreement after the European Parliament gave the green light to the European Council’s vote tomorrow. Ultimately, fast ratification will ensure that the EU can present its ratification documents to the UN by Friday.

Introducing the New Etihad Residence: The Latest in Luxury Business Travel 03 October 2016, 16:45 CET
In simpler times, the level of comfort and luxury that you enjoyed during a flight could be easily determined by the status of your ticket. There was a clear distinction between economy and first class travel, for example, while those travelling by business class could also enjoy a more relaxing trip.

Greenwashing looms as VW appoints ex-EU Climate Commissioner Hedegaard 29 September 2016, 14:25 CET
In an attempt to fix its public image, Dieselgate-shaken Volkswagen has named former EU Climate Commissioner Connie Hedegaard as a member of its new 'Sustainability Council'.

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